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Coach K loses key player to injury

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Coach K loses key player to injury

From Comcast SportsNetDURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke says senior forward Ryan Kelly is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.Team officials said Wednesday night that there is no timetable for Kelly's return.The 6-foot-11 Kelly was hurt late in the first half of the top-ranked Blue Devils' 68-40 win over Clemson on Tuesday night. He had 12 points in the first half but did not play in the second.Coach Mike Krzyzewski says Kelly "is playing the best basketball of his career" and calls it a "tough setback."Kelly averages 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds for Duke (15-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which plays No. 20 North Carolina State on Saturday.

Under Center Podcast: A big news day at Halas Hall

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Under Center Podcast: A big news day at Halas Hall

JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis look at the difficult decision and impact of Kyle Long going on IR (1:48), and how Bilal Nichols' return to practice could help alleviate the difficulty of replacing Akiem Hicks for a while (8:25). Plus, Mitch Trubisky returned to practice on Monday (13:10) and the guys look at how Matt Nagy talked about how he spent his off week (17:55).

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Zach LaVine is “tired of people talking sh*t about my defense” and working towards becoming an NBA All-Star

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Zach LaVine is “tired of people talking sh*t about my defense” and working towards becoming an NBA All-Star

Zach LaVine is fed up with being underestimated and he’s going to do something about it. The Bulls guard has been having a strong pre-season so far but is looking to improve his skills as a two-way player.

“I’m just tired of people talking shit about my defense,” LaVine said. “I’ve always been a good on-ball defender. But there’s no reason I can be this good offensively and not be that on the defensive end.”

“I’m taking more pride in it,” he continued. “I’m pretty sure it’ll show. I’ll make sure of that.”

If you think LaVine sounds confident, he has good reason to be. Last season LaVine was one of only ten players to average at least 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, making him stand out as an elite player in the company of MVPs and All-Stars. LaVine’s personal triumphs, however, were overshadowed by the Bulls abysmal 22-60 record last season.

So far, this preseason LaVine has been looking better on defense, averaging 1.3 steals per game through three preseason games. Any improvements on defense will greatly help LaVine’s All-Star case.

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